UGC NET 2020 - Tentative Schedule for June and December Session and Application Procedure

Last Modified: 25 Nov 2023

The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) for the year 2020 will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The agency was assigned with the task of conducting the exam from the December 2018 session. Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to conduct the exam.

In order to become eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for the post of Assistant Professor in Indian Universities and colleges. Candidates are provided with the choice to appear for ‘Assistant Professor only’ or ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’. Those who select the former one will not be considered while preparing the merit list for JRF. Post-graduate candidates are eligible for the exam. For further details related to the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, application process, admit card, and result, read the complete article.

UGC NET 2020 Important Dates

The UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year - in June and December. The tentative schedule for the both the session is as under:

UGC NET Events

Tentative Schedule

July Session

December Session

Official Notification

February 2020

Last week of August 2020

Online application process begins

1st week of March 2020

1st week of September 2020

Online application process ends

Last week of March 2020

Last week of September 2020

Correction in the application form

Mid April 2020

Mid October 2020

Availability of admit card

Third week of May 2020

Third week of November 2020

UGC NET exam

Third and Fourth week of June 2020

Second or Third week of December 2020

Release of Answer Key

First week of July 2020

December 2020

Result announcement

Last week of July 2020

Second week of January 2021

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UGC NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must make sure that they fulfil the following criteria before applying for the UGC NET exam:

Age Limit

For Assistant Professor

  • There is no upper age limit.

For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)

  • Not more than 30 years. A relaxation of upto 5 years is provided to candidates of OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories and to women applicants.
  • 3 years relaxation will be provided to candidates having an L.L.M. degree. 

Read the official notification for detailed relaxation policies.

Academic Qualification

Master’s degree (or equivalent) with minimum 55% marks from a recognized University. The degree must be in Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, Computer Science and Application, etc. The complete list of post graduation subjects is provided in the official notification.The minimum qualifying marks for the candidates belonging to OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category are 50%.

Those who are pursuing a Master’s degree course are also eligible for appearing in the NET exam. However, such students are required to complete their course within 2 years from the date of NET result. They will be considered for the award of fellowship or Assistant Professor post only if they secure the minimum required percentage.

UGC NET Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

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UGC NET 2020 Application Process

The application process for the UGC NET exam is online. The application process for the June session will begin in the first week of March and that for the December session in the first week of September. Candidates are advised to apply well before the last date of application submission.

Candidates are required to get the following information ready for filling up the application form:

  • Aadhaar Card or any other identification proof
  • Copy of Board/ University certificate for verification of Candidate's name, Father’s name, Mother’s name, and date of birth.
  • Marksheet of the last semester of the qualifying degree
  • Email address and Mobile number. Make sure that both the information are correct and are in working condition. The communication related to the exam will be done through the mobile number or email address.
  • Scanned images of candidate’s photograph and signature in JPEG format.
    • Photograph must be of size between 10 KB to 200 KB.
    • Signature must be of size between 4 KB to 30 KB.
  • Code of NET subject (as given in the official notification)
  • Code of Post Graduation subject (as given in the official notification)
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • Economically Weaker Section Certificate (if applicable)
  • Disability Certificate (if applicable)

How to apply for the UGC NET exam?

  • Go to the official NTA NET website -
  • Click on the button to apply for the UGC NET 2020 exam.
  • Enter all the details asked for to complete the registration process. On successful registration, note down the system generated application number.
  • Use the application number and password to log-in again and complete the remaining application form.
  • Enter your qualification details and select the choices for examination city.
  • Upload the scanned images.
  • Make fee payment and keep a proof of the fee payment.
    • Application Fee


Application Fee Amount

General/ Unreserved

₹ 800


₹ 400

SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender

₹ 200

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  • Check all carefully before final submission. Although, NTA will provide the facility to make corrections in the application form later, it is advised to avoid any mistakes in the first go.
  • After the successful submission of the application form, print a copy of the confirmation page.

There is no need to send the hard copy or soft copy of the confirmation page to the exam conducting authority.

UGC NET 2020 Exam Pattern

The UGC NET exam is being conducted through the online mode (Computer Based Test) from the December 2018 session onwards.  Earlier, the exam was conducted through the pen-and-paper based mode. The exam is conducted for two papers with objective type questions. The number of questions and marks distribution is provided below:


Number of Questions






3 Hours




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Paper-I is common for all and is conducted for testing the Teaching and Research Aptitude of the candidates. And, Paper-II is a subject-based paper and questions are framed from the syllabus of the subject selected by the candidates. Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their Post-graduation.

UGC NET 2020 Syllabus

The UGC NET syllabus for paper-1 is common for all the candidates while the paper-2 syllabus varies as per the subject selected by the candidates at the time of registration. Candidates must note that the UGC NET syllabus has been modified w.e.f. the June 2019 session. Candidates can download the latest syllabus from the official UGC website.

Paper-I comprises of topics on Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Mathematical Reasoning & Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Comprehension, Communication, Logical Reasoning, Higher Education System, People, Development & Environment, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Paper-2 is conducted for different subjects. So, it will not be feasible to include the complete syllabus of all the subjects here. Candidates must visit the UGC website for the syllabus of all the subjects.

UGC NET 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for the June and December sessions of the UGC NET exam will be released in the third week of May and the third week of November 2020, respectively. The admit card comprises details about examination centre, date, and timings. Admit card is a mandatory document for making entry to the examination hall, so don’t forget to carry it to the examination venue. Downloading the admit card is a simple procedure and can be completed as under:

  • Visit the official website -
  • Click on the link for the UGC NET 2020 admit card.
  • Enter your application number and password to log-in.
  • Check the admit card, download it, and take a print.

Incase of discrepancies in the admit card, candidates are required to report the same to the exam conducting authority through the helpline numbers provided in the official notification. As per the 2019 notification, “In such cases, candidates would appear in the examination with the already downloaded Admit Card. However, NTA will take necessary action to make corrections in the record later.”

UGC NET 2020 Answer Key and Raising Objections

The UGC NET Answer Key is released by the NTA at the official website. And, the answer key remain available for two or three days. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to challenge the answer key. The challenge can be raised on payment of ₹ 1000/- per question as a processing fee. The final answer key is released after considering the challenges and the result is prepared on the basis of the final answer key.

NTA also provides question papers and recorded response of candidates prior to the declaration of the result. Using the question paper, recorded responses, and the provisional answer key, candidates can calculate their estimated marks.

Answer key, question paper, and recorded response can be easily accessed using the log-in credentials.

UGC NET 2020 Result

The UGC NET result 2020 for the June session will be announced in the last week of July 2020 and for the December session in the Second week of January 2021. Candidates can check the result through their profile at the official website. The result contains the marks secured by the candidate in Paper-1 and Paper-2 and the combined marks. It also states the qualifying status of the candidate.

Candidates must note that there is no provision for re-checking/ re-evaluation of the result. Thus, any request in this regard will not be considered under any circumstances.

Recommended Study Material for UGC NET Exam

  • UGC NET Paper-1 Teaching & Research Aptitude Download
  • Trueman's UGC NET/SET General Paper I Download
  • UGC NET Paper 1: Teaching and Research Aptitude by Pearson Download
  • NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF: Teaching & Research Aptitude Paper 1 Download
  • Computer Sciences & Applications (Paper I, II & III) Previous Years Papers Download
  • Trueman's UGC NET Computer Science Download